Latest Photos From Preseason Training Sessions


Here are some of the photos from Newcastle’s preseason training sessions which started on Friday and continued into Saturday.

The new training gear looks very good.

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Siem de Jong – will he be sold this summer
Ayoze Perez wiping his nose in background


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Gini Wijnaldum – does he still want to leave?

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Goalkeeping coach Simon Smith with Karl Darlow and Tim Krul

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Paul Dummett dribbles with ball watched by Jamaal Lascelles
That’s new coach Mikel Antia in the background 

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Rafa Benitez with youngsters Rolando Aarons and Jamie Sterry

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New boy Matt Ritchie and Vurnon Anita
That’s Rafa on the right

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New Belgian goalkeeper Matz Sels

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New boy Dwight Gayle and Jamie Sterry

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That’s new boy Matt Richie and returning Florian Thauvin

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Tim Krul with veteran physiotherapist Derek Wright

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New boy Matt Richie shows his skills to Mitrovic and Colback



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154 comments so far

  • Spoof

    Jul 4, 2016 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Wow, pictures of players training, how interesting, yawn yawn yawn !

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  • Spoof

    Jul 4, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Its like looking at other peoples holiday photo’s, be honest does anyone really give a shit about them ?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 4, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Jay,
    No, they aren’t renewing his contract. It is no surprise having seen some of the technical reports he and his staff provide to the FAM Executive Committee after there games. His results have been no worse than the last few, but he isn’t a coach/manager. His previous experience was a handful of games with the U17 national side several years ago. Never coached or managed since, but was a former popular player.

    Talk is it will go to an expat, but I’m not convinced they have the budget to do it. Not to mention that the Malawi national team manager is actually given a contract through government so will most now only get 12 month deals as the government won’t sack them, they just move them to a different role within the civil service, reducing the budget available for the next manager.

    Still, it won’t get better until they introduce better regulated and more formal youth structures.

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  • Spoof

    Jul 4, 2016 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #4

    They bore me to tears !!!!!!!

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  • jayphoto

    Jul 4, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Excited for next season. I think looking at Rafas career, some things are certaintys.
    1) We will play 4-2-3-1. Hes played it at every club hes been at and potentially invented it, if not perfected it at Valencia. We also have the personnel to implement this system well.
    2) Sels will be #1. The fee paid, the options he had, the season he had last year. No way he comes to the championship unless hes been told he starts first choice.
    3) Ritchie and Gayle will be in the starting line up. Again, like Sels, i don’t think they drop a division not to start. Rafa loves a mobile striker and he loves inverted inside forwards.
    4) The defence will be far more organised than in the last 20 years! Already saw this towards the end of the season.
    5) The days of players wandering around aimlessly with no effort on the pitch will be gone!

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  • jayphoto

    Jul 4, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #6

    @Lilongwe – you not fancy applying yourself? 🙂
    It surprises me places like Malawi haven’t cottoned on to the goldmine that is developing young footballers. DR Congo seemed to have worked it out and have developed some good players with limited budget, similarly, Zambia have done it well too.

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  • G

    Jul 4, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #7

    @5, apart from your point 1, I hope they are all accurate. The only reason I say your point 1 is a sticky point is teams that can only play 1 formation tend to get sussed fast. See Steve McLarens Derby for evidence! Teams need to adapt and evolve as a season goes out, whilst it is better to make an opposition team react to you, rather than you reacting to them, playing a predictable style or formation is not a good way of obtaining results.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 4, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Jay,
    Ha, wouldn’t want the national team job. Happy helping out and advising the FA and youth football associations on youth development, but I have little interest in the adults set up, at least for another few years.

    DRC have a couple of clubs which are incredibly wealthy. One of their top academies is far away from their parent club, but the academy itself has a private runway and jet to transport people to and from. Plus many disappear to Europe at an early age. Coincidentally, I actually have two refugees from DRC coming in on trial from Friday for a month. One is an 11year old left footed forward, and is technically excellent, with a little bit of a nasty streak. Not as convinced about the other who is a central defender, but I feel like it is best to bring two in so they have each other given the very different environment they are joining.

    Zambia have done okay, but I wouldn’t look to them as a working model.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 4, 2016 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Why is derek wright still here? thought we had some new physio guys in now.

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  • Back Door Man

    Jul 4, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #10

    Spot on Lilongwe Geordie @ 58 in previous thread.

    The reason I call him Manuel haven’t changed since the last time the issue was raised a month ago, and I quote:

    “… many here were calling him Manuel when he first came and well into the ‘last ten game period’ … yep, probably stereotyping him. 

    I chose to continue calling him that out an appreciation for the position he’s in, namely – the good, well-loved fella struggling against an ogre of a boss.”

    So, when all around me on here quit using hypocoristic forms of branding for various players and staff I might join them in dropping nicknames and pet names.  Just focus on the meaning of the previous paragraph above folks!

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  • jayphoto

    Jul 4, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #11

    @G I agree, but think the 4-2-3-1 is an exception to the rule as in game it has the potential to become 4-5-1, 4-3-3 and 4-4-2 without changing personnel depending on what the match requires. Its really adaptable. Its a really good shape to start with for the opening 30 mins to feel out the game. Benitez’ Valencia did it excellently pivoting between 4-2-3-1 and 4-5-1 to great affect. At Napoli he went the other way and went between 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3, occasionally going 4-2-4 and attacking non stop.
    Even in our final 10 games benitez did this, we were solid 4-2-3-1 for the first half and then throughout the second half we would transition into other shapes. This requires a lot of tactical work on the training ground though.
    The problem with Newcastle using the formation before has been that the manager hasn’t used the transitions or in game management, and its an awful formation if you use it statically with no fluidity in the way that pardew used to use it. Im also unsure how much tactical preparation the players did before? not too much would be my guess.
    I think 4231 with a very tactically astute manager can a great base to begin each game. Requires a manager like benitez who plays football like it is chess though rather than a manager like pardew who plays like its football manager on holiday mode

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 4, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Many on here were calling him Manuel?? I don’t remember that bit.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 4, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Jay,
    We heard from the horses mouth that Pardew spent the most time working on defence, considering we consistently had the worst GD outside of the bottom three year in year out it would explain how poor we’ve been.

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  • jayphoto

    Jul 4, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #14

    @Lilongwe – didn’t realise that DR Congo had that backing. My knowledge of African football is limited to a passing interest In south African football due to time spent there. One thing I think is near impossible is keeping any player with talent in lesser funded African countries long enough to develop. The academies in S.A will snap up everything they can and often like premier league clubs will leave them by the wayside at 18, if not European clubs tend to snap them up too early meaning the nations youth set ups struggle to flourish due to lack of quality and continuity.
    The corruption and lack of organisation doesn’t help either

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  • jayphoto

    Jul 4, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #15

    @jail – id take a guess that the preparation pardew does is responsible for the downfall he experiences at all his clubs after an initial period of success. From all the interviews I’ve seen of him, he never strikes me as a thinker or great philosophiser of the actual game. I don’t doubt he is into motivation, and psychology but as far as actually studying the game, I think he is arrogant enough to think his one trick of sitting deep and attacking with pace will win every game

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 4, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Jay,
    It is completely illegal for any club or academy to sign a player from outside of their borders. For us, the 2 boys are refugees in a camp in Malawi, and therefore we are able to bring them in. If they were in a different country we would be guilty of player trafficking under FIFA rules.

    Obviously lots of people skirt these rules, and use the lax formal structures to do this. It is more likely that it would happen with a player leaving Africa for Asia or Europe though, then moving to another club on the African continent.

    Other organisations get around it (Right to Dream in Ghana for example) by having an international school and offering boys education scholarships. This does cause issues later on if they try to move them on for football purposes though.

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  • jayphoto

    Jul 4, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #17

    @Lilongwe – ahh got ya, it sounds very complex but then the whole continent has a delightful way of making everything complex!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 4, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #18

    That should say under the age of 18 in Africa. Europe is a different ball game due to the open borders. It is why so many end up with dual nationality when coming to Europe at an early age, as if they can also claim nationality in another country then they can move their freely.

    The other way clubs get round it (and something we have been approached by a Premier league club about regarding a player of ours) is the club offers a parent a job, and the kid moves as well. Then the club can approach the kid as he is already in country.

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  • jayphoto

    Jul 4, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #19

    @Lilongwe – the parent job bit is what I figured was common.
    Too bad in Newcastles case, a job at Sports Direct shirebrook probably has a lower life quality than staying in even the worser parts of central Africa!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 4, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Jay,
    We flat out turned down the Premier league club. But it was nice to know of interest, and a positive for the ability of the boys and the work we are doing.

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  • jayphoto

    Jul 4, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #21

    @Lilongwe – Must be very rewarding work! Always good to know its not going unnoticed aswell

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  • NUFCPaul

    Jul 4, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #22

    Spoof – if you’re so bored by pictures of training sessions then why the hell did you click on the story? And even worse than that, leave a message to whine about it?

    You’re like those people who click on newspaper stories about celebrities and leave a comment saying ‘Who is this? I’ve never heard of them. Why is there a story about them?’ Makes me want to shout ‘So why the hell did you click on it you moron!’

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 4, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Jay,
    Putting them all onto private school scholarships as of next academic year as well – haven’t told the kids that yet, but will be a huge step up in quality of education for them. They are a great bunch mind, and work very hard with the opportunity they have been given. It makes my job much easier and far more enjoyable!

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  • jayphoto

    Jul 4, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #24

    @Lilongwe – all sounds amazing for them! You best be giving the toon a heads up if the next George weah comes through 🙂

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  • martoon

    Jul 4, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Spoof – I think it is quite interesting to see the training pictures for the simple fact we can see who is there. There was some doubt if Thauvin would come back and Gini was supposed to be negotiating his transfer but we can see they are actually both there.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 4, 2016 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #26

    Jay,
    Ha, I’d love to see one of them at NUFC! Maybe one day!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 4, 2016 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #27

    NUFCPaul

    Lol

    Enjoyed reading that comment.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 4, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Chris Evans has quit Top Gear, wow i honestly didn’t see that coming, not.

    And on that bombshell its goodnight.

    Ha ha ha

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 4, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #29

    I see Thauvin is back in training. What townsend was to us in the premiership, Thauvin can be for us in the championship.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 4, 2016 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Shadow_Shearer

    Might work, you never know although i can’t see him staying.

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  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 4, 2016 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Welsh

    I think we should keep him for 1 season if we can. Then flog him off before we get back to the premiership. Only if he’s willing to stay for that season.
    He maybe not good enough for the premiership, but he’d destroy the championship

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 4, 2016 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #32

    Shadow,
    Possibly, he would have to really apply himself, and personally I just don’t think he is happy enough here to really fight to salvage his career here. I think all are probably better off with him moving for a reasonable fee.

    Rumours on Gini seem to have quietened significantly. Same with Janmaat. Sissoko rumours are still bubbling away, and I do still expect him to leave pretty quickly after his time at the Euros is over. I’d be a little surprised if there wasn’t already something in the pipeline on that front.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 4, 2016 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #33

    Would love to just see Thauvin stick with us and be a success it would also mean we could spend funds getting players in other positions rather than hunting for a winger !

    He did look half decent in a few games when he came on as a sub and put in some lovely crosses for Mitrovic but he always looked lost when starting a game maybe the break neck speed that games start at caught him out?

    If Benitez likes him then he could develop him properly!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 4, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Jib Jibberish – you need to check out todays’ picture specials – official site best.
    Loads of pics with Rafa – showing his initials on his sports gear.
    I know you will be disappointed as yesterday you said he was not the man to need his initials on his gear. Erm wrong.
    You really do not need to comment on every mortal thing.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 4, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #35

    LCBP,
    From what I recall of his time in France, Thauvin was often most effective playing as a left footed right winger. Benitez does seem to like these types, but we have just bought Ritchie who could fill that role.

    I’m not convinced where he would fit based on his effort and work rate when I’ve watched him. Although Bielsa sees something in him, and he normally only wants players who put a shift in and work for the team, so maybe there is more.

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  • AncientC

    Jul 4, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #36

    “Ayoze Perez wiping his nose in background”

    Nice work on the photo captions.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 4, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #37

    LCPB,
    I’d also like to see Riverie become a good Championship striker as well as it would bring a strength in depth, it’s just that if you can’t hit a barn door in the PL you won’t be able to hit one in the Championship. I know people will say you get more time on the ball etc but every time I’ve seen him he’s looked woeful.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 4, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #38

    Well the flag lads have raised their 3K target, I think the club have taken the lads word for it that our portly owner won’t be mentioned on any of them.

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  • iKeyaGaming

    Jul 4, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #39

    The training gear is nice, I might have to get one of those t-shirts.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 4, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #40

    It is such a strange feeling actually going into the start of a season with a purpose.

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